Monday, May 13, 2013

Dark Monday • 'Mama Rose' Streisand

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There has long been a rumor that a new movie version of 'Gypsy', the Broadway show with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. It opened on Broadway in 1959, and was adapted for film in 1962, featuring Rosalind Russell in the iconic role of Rose Hovick, the mother of Louise Hovick, who went on to find international fame as burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee. It has been said Streisand has long been interested in playing the role, even though some scoff, as the star recently celebrated her 71st birthday. In fact, for the last few years, the entertainment columns have contained report after report, stating the project is moving forward, and Barbra will direct, to hearing the project has stalled, as Arthur Laurents has refused to allow her permission to direct the film. Well, on her last tour, Streisand took the bull by the horns, and performed a medley of songs from the show. Here is a clip of Barbra performing "Rose's Turn" and "Some People", with the added bonus of "Don't Rain On My Parade", reminding everyone she is no stranger to the music of Jule Styne, or the movie musical. Enjoy.



This video was from a performance in Philadelphia on October 8, 2012. At the age of 70, she sure sounds great to me. If the movie happens, I am willing to buy my ticket now!

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